Greetings!
FEBRUARY 2019
FROM THE BOARD
IMPORTANT DATES See more details below

Saturday, February 2
Redwood Writers Academy
PR for Authors with Deborah Walton
9:30-12:00  Flamingo Hotel

Sunday, February 10
Redwood Writers Board Meeting 12:30-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
Redwood Writers Author Support 1:00-2:00  Flamingo Hotel
MONTHLY MEETING Marketing 101: How to Better Market You! 
with Shawn Langwell
2:00-4:30  Flamingo Hotel

Wednesday, February 13
Dine with Local Authors
6:00-8:30 at Gaia's Garden, Santa Rosa

Sunday, February 17
Redwood Writers Salon
1:00-4:00 in Sebastopol

Sunday, March 10
Next Monthly Meeting

MONTHLY MEETING

Sunday, February 10
2 - 4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room
Marketing 101:
How to Better Market You! 
with Shawn Langwell
5 keys to building your personal brand and confidence from the inside out.

Do you struggle with marketing? Would you rather everyone just buy your books? Marketing requires effort and getting out of your comfort zone. Join Redwood Writers on February 10, 2019, for an entertaining and practical afternoon when Shawn Langwell offers tips on "How to Better Market YOU!"
WORKSHOPS
PR For Authors:
It’s Not Just Free Advertising with Deborah Walton

Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
9:30 a.m. – noon
Cost: $30 for members; $35 for non-members (discount for all three workshops)

Who cares about your new book? They do, they do! But who are they and where do you find them? Those are the secrets we will uncover in this hands-on, practical workshop on public relations.

Topics will include:
  • Crafting a PR plan
  • Discovering what your readers want to know
  • Finding your target audience
  • Managing your public presence
  • Putting the plan into action

Two other Writers Academy workshops in the series:
Crowdfunding: April 20, 2019
Sin and Syntax: June 15, 2019

EVENTS
FEBRUARY SALON
Theme:  It Was a Dark and Stormy Night! 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17
1:00 - 4:00 IN SEBASTOPOL

Beat the winter doldrums!
Bring your stories and poems to share.
Readings are five minutes.

RSVP:  Registration, readings, directions, and our convivial potluck lunch -- Sher Gamard   gmard@redshift.com.
DINE WITH LOCAL AUTHORS
Join us for an evening at Gaia's Garden featuring five new authors who will read from their books and answer questions.
Wednesday, February 13
6-8:30 PM
Gaia's Garden
1899 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
MARILYN SKINNER LANIER
Profiled by Betty Les

Since moving to Sonoma County and joining Redwood Writers, Marilyn has thrown herself into creative writing. So much so that she recounts, “I can’t imagine my life without it.” 

Her debut novel Hardpan was published in 2015 and Marilyn is hard at work on a sequel, Jo . Both chronicle a family’s struggles to hold on to their ranching heritage in the midst of the traumatic shift to urbanism that followed World War II, and are based on her own family’s plight. A middle school children’s book Clark Valley Chronicles: Timmy the Ranch Hand is also in the works and further explores this theme. A personal essay, “Second Chance,” a tribute to her mother’s quiet determination in the face of adversity, will be published in the Round Table Literary Journal in April. 

She also has published in Redwood Writers anthologies, relishing new genres. Her short stories appeared in Untold Stories and Redemption , and a small collection of haiku poems entitled “Nordic Impressions” will be published in the  2019 Redwood Writers Poetry Anthology .

Marilyn actively markets her work through readings and book tours, often arranging them herself. In the summer of 2016 she completed a book tour of independent book stores in Wyoming to promote Hardpan . The following year, she read at Book Passage in the Ferry Building in San Francisco as well as other venues. In March 2018, she read from her work at a Tent Talk at the Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus. All of this while serving as Vice President of Redwood Writers and co-chairing the 2018 Pen to Published Conference. Wow!

Marilyn’s love of writing isn’t the only thing that motivates her. She has a deep affinity for the lifestyle and people of the rural West. You might say they are in her blood. Both her parents are products of Oregon pioneer families. She lived on her paternal grandparents’ cattle ranch in Jordan Valley, near the Idaho border, in the early 1950s. Her family later relocated to a larger ranch in northwest Wyoming, a move fraught with hardship and disappointment. 

Marilyn reflects, “I wanted to figure out what happened to our family—why we lost the ranch that we all loved so much and ended up on a godforsaken place in Wyoming called Badger Basin.” This desire to capture the drama associated with the lives of the familial and the culture of the rural West have been driving forces in Marilyn’s writing.

Although the last five years have seen a burst of writing, Marilyn has always had the itch to write. She began her first book, a memoir, in the early 1980s while raising her first son and working full time. Unfortunately, this manuscript was lost during a move in the 1990s but it didn’t get her down. She began writing again in 2004-2005 when she took five online classes through the UCLA Extension program. Positive feedback and encouragement stimulated her to start a new book, which became Hardpan .

Later, after a career move to San Francisco to work as a senior administrator at SF State University, she had the good fortune to connect with the Chair of the Creative Writing Department who very generously met with Marilyn off-hours to critique draft chapters. Marilyn states, “I’ll always be grateful to her for reaching out to me during that critical period.” 

Asked why she joined Redwood Writers, Marilyn explains, “I was attracted to its ties to the California Writers Club and its stature in the literary community. I especially love the diversity of genres represented by the members and the outstanding program offerings.” A firm believer in giving back, she has served the club in many capacities. 

For more about Marilyn, visit her website Westerly Directions: marilynskinnerlanier.com .
HOMEGROWN POETRY
Skye Blaine, Editor
Please submit poems to:  poetrynewseditor@redwoodwriters.org .
Submission guidelines: double-spaced, Times or Times New Roman, 12 point font, no all caps, please. Poems are reviewed by a team of poets. We will acknowledge receipt of your work, and let you know if your poem is going to be included, or if we are requesting minor edits prior to inclusion.
NEXT MONTH'S MEETING
Sunday, March 10
2–4:30 p.m.
FLAMINGO HOTEL
Emotion Crafting: What It Is,
and Why It Should Be The Focus for Every Writer
with Nora Profit

Please join us. Details on our website.
Redwood Writers is for everyone, whether you're an accomplished author or poet, or just wondering if writing is right for you.
Writers News from Around the Bay
2019 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE  
   at the  Hyatt Regency Hotel
Main Conference: Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 18
Celebration of Craft, Commerce and Community for Writers
If you have news of interest to our members, please submit copy and a photo if you wish by the 15th of the month prior to  editor@redwoodwriters.org Editor reserves the right to accept and/or edit. Thank you.
EDITOR: Deborah Walton  pr@redwoodwriters.org

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